Paul Owen Lewis
Author and Illustrator


Carvings


Like most artists I work in a variety of artforms. Switching occasionally helps to keep things interesting, and my inspiration fresh in each. Writing and illustrating books is only about a third of my creative output. Another third of my time is spent carving in traditional Northwest coast Native style. In the last several years I have completed many major projects, including a 13 foot Haida style totem pole, and a bentwood chest.



Shaping The Log

Transfering The Design

Starting To Carve

Halfway There

Raising The Pole

Finished And In Place

The pole crest figures above are: killer whale on the bottom, a human in the middle (I like to think thatís Storm Boy), and raven with three watchmen on top.




The chest below has abstracted frog forms on the front (representing Frog Girl) and killer whale forms on the back (for Storm Boy). Do you see them?



Bentwood Chest - Front

Detail of Front


Detail of Back

Bentwood Chest - Back



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